Bond, Lassche record stunning time

01:21, Feb 21 2014
Hamish Bond, James Lassche
POWERFUL PAIR: Hamish Bond, left, and James Lassche have recorded the second-fastest time in world rowing history in at the national rowing champs.

The combination of Hamish Bond and James Lassche have recorded the second-fastest time in world rowing history in winning the premier men's pair at the national rowing champs today.

Representing the Southern Regional Performance Centre (RPC), Bond and Lassche raced down the 2000m course at Lake Karapiro with a light tailwind to record a time of six minutes 12.42 seconds.

Bond holds the world's fastest time in combination with New Zealand crewmate Eric Murray of 6:08.50, set during the 2012 London Olympics regatta in Eton Dorney when they won gold.

At this year's nationals, where the athletes represent their clubds and RPCs, Bond teamed up with

Lassche, a member of the NZ men's lightweight four that won silver at last year's world champs in South Korea.

Central RPC's Chris Harris and James Hunter chased the duo home in 6:20.72 with Waikato RPC's Alex Kennedy and Shaun Kirkham winning bronze in 6:24.52.

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